How to Get Rid of Cluster Flies
It’s Cluster Fly season. With Autumn almost upon us, the cluster flies are gathering and we’re already seeing an increase in call outs across Herefordshire for Cluster Fly problems.
What do Cluster Flies look like?
Cluster flies are dark greyish flies about 8mm long with yellowish hairs on the back and with overlapping wings. In Autumn they congregate in large numbers in upper rooms or roof spaces of houses to hibernate. They will then re-emerge in Spring to seek out egg laying sites outside. A mass of cluster flies has a characteristic smell. They are sluggish in flight and are a nuisance in the house. The larvae of one species are parasitic upon certain earthworms, so this species is more common in rural areas.
Had a problem with Cluster Flies previously?
Unfortunately, it is a fact that cluster flies tend to return to the same locations each year so if you have experienced a cluster fly issue in Herefordshire previously you will likely suffer the same fate in the future.
Cluster fly prevention is therefore unrealistic but please don’t worry because there are steps you can take to sort out your cluster fly problems!
Are Cluster Flies a Public Health Issue?
Cluster flies can be a nuisance, particularly when they congregate in significant numbers. However, you should be reassured that cluster flies are not considered “filth” flies. That said, cluster flies in significant numbers not only cause a nuisance but they can create a mess and the smell cluster flies emit in numbers is very strong and off putting.
How to reduce your risk of suffering from Cluster Flies
Carry out essential maintenance to proof your home, caravan or holiday home to reduce the numbers of cluster flies entering your property
Hoover up your cluster flies
Getting rid of Cluster Flies
If you have a heavy cluster fly infestation, it’s best to call on a qualified pest controller who can use solutions not available to the general public. Professional pest controllers are trained to handle cluster fly problems and may decide to use insecticides or smoke generators to resolve your cluster fly problem.